June 15, 2022

Special Service Items on Your Move


When moving appliances or specialty belongings, there are several things to consider. Just like Meatloaf respectfully sang “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”, there are endeavors our movers cannot provide as a result of liability, regardless how much we’d like to help. In such cases, you have two options. Allow us to contact a third-party company to service your items, or you can service them on your own. Below, you will find details on some typical specialty items, making it easy for you to decide which option works for you.

Moving Appliances

Moving your appliances is never a issue for us. But, the disconnection and reconnection process require expertise aside from what moving companies provide. The following are some guidelines to the most frequently moved appliances:

  • Refrigerators– Given it is attached to a water line, the line will need to be disconnected. When moving your refrigerator, remember to disconnect it at least 48 hours prior to moving. You will need to keep the doors open, placing a towel on the floor. It will absorb the water as your appliance defrost. Monitor the towel and exchange, as needed, depending on how much water it absorbs (to avoid any possible water damage to the floor!)
  • Top Load Washing Machine- As luck would have it, top loading washers are straightforward. All that is needed is to disconnect the waterline.
  • Front Load Washers– Front load washing machines require extra servicing when moving them. Being that the drum is suspended inside, a stabilizer kit is necessary to secure the drum in place. Moving a front load washer without using a stabilizer kit is certain to ruin your washing machine. As you can imagine, these kits are most generally inexpensive, readily available and easy to install.
    • I already have a stabilizer kit– These kits are also referred to as “shipping bolts”. It’s possible that when your washing machine was delivered, the company left these bolts behind. If this is the case, a quick internet search of your exact model washer should provide details on how to install the bolts.
    • I need a kit– An online store such as repairclinic.com sells the kits. All you do is type in the make and model of your washer, and order the kit needed for your exact model. Generally speaking, most kits are priced from $30-$60.
    • You should be able to contact the company where you found your washing machine. It’s not uncommon for the installers and delivery crew to set up your washer, remove the stabilizer kit and take them with them. Many companies can advise how to get a new kit for your specific model.

Clothes Dryers- Providing you have an electric dryer, all you need to do is unplug it! Gas dryers, by contrast, require additional attention. The gas line to the home will need to be disconnected and capped. When working with gas, it’s important to really consider your personal skill level and whether this is a task you are confident you can handle on your own.

Specialty Beds

While disassembly and reassembly of standard beds is part of the service you can expect from Corrigan, specialty beds may be beyond the extent of what moving companies offer. Apart from moving appliances, specialty beds are the next most common items needing special servicing. Below are some most common specialty beds and how to service them.

Cribs– Due to ever-changing liability with baby products, moving companies don’t disassemble or reassemble cribs. If you plan to disassemble your crib on your own, below are a few tips:

  • When possible, have the same person who assembled the crib disassemble it, this is ideal. Being that they already have the experience of putting the crib together, taking it apart will be much easier!
  • The crib does not need to be fully taken apart. Disassembling into pieces small enough to fit through the doorway is all that’s needed.
  • Photograph the crib before it is disassembled, and close-ups of the crib through the job. That way, you’ll easily recall where everything goes and the location of screws when reassembling it.
  • Remember to keep and label all parts and screws. Placing them in a zippered bag and packing them where you will remember is crucial.

Bunk Beds– Also due to liability, Corrigan cannot disassemble bunk beds. Based on the level of difficulty of your bed, you may choose to do this yourself. The initial step would be to do an internet search for the exact make and model of your bed to see if there’s a video showing the disassembly steps.

Memory Foam Mattresses– Memory foam, and the increasingly popular “bed in a box”, must be boxed and transported laying down. Your move consultant will likely to ask you if your bed is a memory foam or spring mattress. Memory foam mattresses don’t require special services, at the same time we do place them in a box opposed to a mattress bag. This ensures the mattress to keep its shape during the move.

Sleep Number Mattress– Sleep number beds require service prior to the move. While some of these beds simply require unplugging and letting the air chambers deflate, others call for more involved service. Sleep Number has this resource to best guide you based on the exact model of your bed.

Exercise Equipment

Treadmills– Providing your treadmill will fold, then we should be able to move it while folded without additional disassembly. On the other hand, if your treadmill is in the basement or needs moved up or down stairs, consider the width of your stairwell. If there’s a bend in the stairs or it’s too close, your treadmill will need disassembled to move. You should also, think about where the equipment is going in your new home. It might go up the stairs at your current home, and not at the new home. Be certain to measure both sets of stairs before moving.

Elliptical Machines- Due to the large arms and unbalanced weight distribution, nearly all ellipticals have to be disassembled. Sometimes, removing the arms is acceptable to make the equipment moveable. Doing a quick internet search of your model should provide instruction on how to remove the arms.

Pelotons- We’ve experienced a large uptick in Peloton and video screen stationary cycles over the last 2 years. The display screens and various components must to be removed and correctly packed in order to securely move the bike. It is best to check with Peloton to ensure disassembling it does not impact your warranty. If that is the case, ask them for recommendations or if they provide this service.

Additional Items

Grandfather clocks– The weights and pendulum need to be removed and carefully packed before moving the clock. Wearing gloves is imperative when working with the weights; the slightest fingerprint will throw off the timing.

Wall Mounted Televisions– Movers cannot remove things that are screwed to the walls. The most common wall mounted item is a television. Once removed, Corrigan will pack the TV or you can pack it back in the original box. Television boxes are also available for purchase to ensure proper protection when moving.

Corrigan will do anything for customers, even that!

Do not hesitate if you have to move appliances or specialty items as part of your household goods move. Corrigan can always arrange any required third-party services for you; we deal with local and nationwide associates that specialize in this type of service. We are able to include the cost of these services into your quote with Corrigan, eliminating the need to pay another company (though you can provide payment directly to the third-party company, if you prefer.) Corrigan consistently has your best interest at heart. There may be services moving companies can’t provide, but when it comes to our customers – we’ll do anything for you!

*Corrigan recommends consulting with your product’s manufacture in advance of attempting to disassemble or reassemble any household goods or specialty items by yourself. Failure to service items accurately for moving will result in damage and product failure.